Federal Spending and Borrowing

The growth of government spending is out of control. In the past four years our nation has added about $6 trillion in new debt borrowed against our children and grandchildren’s' future. Unfortunately, both parties have been complicit in increasing government spending dramatically, though for very different reasons. Today our nation faces $16 trillion in debt, much of it owed to foreign countries hostile to our economic interests and way of life. While some believe that these challenges can simply be put off to a later date, I believe that the time to act against higher borrowing is now. 

I believe that part of the solution to our debt problem is to scale back the federal government and return to the private sector any federal job that could be done more efficiently by a business. There is any number of tasks performed by the federal government which could be provided at both lower cost and higher efficiency by a privately-operated business with real concerns about keeping costs down. 

A second common-sense step is to limit the duplicative duties of many federal agencies, which often conflict and can be counterproductive. For example, in Siskiyou County, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency all believe that they have a role in the regulation of water supply and use.  These agencies provide conflicting direction, fight amongst themselves and generally fail to provide the area's farmers and ranchers with any clear path to profitable operation. Add in the regular disputes these agencies have with similar entities in California's state government and there is a wide array of government workers doing essentially the same job - an incredibly expensive and counterproductive way to operate.   

For more information concerning my work and views on Spending Cuts and Debt, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Federal Spending and Borrowing

Sep 22, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Earlier tonight, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against a proposal from House Democrats that would have allowed unlimited additional debt through December 2022, in exchange for preventing a government shutdown next week and authorizing assistance to recent disaster victims.

Sep 10, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after House Democrats passed S. Con. Res. 14, a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2022. This resolution opens up the reconciliation process, which will allow for Democrats to pass a $3.5 trillion spending increase without any input from Republicans.

Aug 30, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after House Democrats passed S. Con. Res. 14, a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2022. This resolution opens up the reconciliation process, which will allow for Democrats to pass a $3.5 trillion spending increase without any input from Republicans.

Jul 30, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after Democrats completed consideration of nine funding bills totaling $669 billion, an incredible 17% increase over last year.

Jul 26, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) made the following statement after submitting thirteen amendments to the House funding bills expected to come up for a vote next week.

Mar 16, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement following passage of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Dec 21, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 133, the Bipartisan-Bicameral Omnibus & COVID-19 Relief Package. The Omnibus spends $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government through the end of FY21. The COVID-19 relief package spends approximately $900 billion, with $325 billion in new aid, $429 billion in repurposed CARES Act funding, and $140 billion in reauthorized Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds.

Oct 16, 2020 Press Release
(Happy Camp, CA) — Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after receiving confirmation that President Trump will take action to reverse FEMA’s decision to deny Siskiyou County a Major Disaster Declaration.
Oct 1, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issues the following statement after voting against H.R. 925, Speaker Pelosi’s second partisan coronavirus package this year. This bill is estimated to cost the American taxpayer $2.4 trillion and was drafted behind closed doors without Republican input.
Sep 22, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 8319, the Continuing Appropriations Act, which funds the government through December 11th, 2020. This Appropriations package includes $30 billion to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), which provides funding for agriculture programs, along with an $8 billion extension of Pandemic-EBT program (P-EBT), which reimburses families for meals they typically rely on schools to provide for their children.

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